Yes, folks, back in the dawning of computing technology, (OK, 1982), Acornsoft got hold of a very decent BBC newsreader sort of chap and digitised his dulcet tones into chip form and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, I'm not so sure if this technique really did catch on as all the other speech synth units that were being produced at the time used the allophone method whereby sound units would be melded together to form words, eg. The word "Sunday" might well be produced via the following speech sounds using something called linear predictive coding (LPC)
SS SS AX AX NN1 PA2 DD2 EY
ABOVE: Kenneth in the flesh... and BELOW: soon to be in chip form...
Did any of our Beeb users here ever own this ROM and use it in their own application or did you go in for one of the more cheaper, alternative allophone units and have some fun with it?
Us lads had a stack of fun with a unit produced for the ZX81 called something like ZON-EX?
I also had a Currah, I think, speech box for my Atmos and that was used for several phone call wind-ups with fellow geeks back in the day.
More, I'm sure, to come from this thread but right now my Beeb is calling me...
BAZZA - IN MY OFFICE - NOW!
PS. If you're wondering what kind of quality did the BBC newsreader synthesised speech sound like, then...wonder no more:
ABOVE: Still sounds more like a dalek to my un-tuned lobes...